Review of Bart Ehrman, Did Jesus Exist? Part One

I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to participate in the blog tour about Bart Ehrman’s latest book, Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth. Ehrman emphasizes that many mythicists appear to approach the question of Jesus’ existence in the manner of conspiracy theorists, and since such people refuse to change [Read More...]

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Talpiot Tomb/Good Friday-Easter/Passover Round-Up

Since the book and documentary promoting the view that Talpiot Tomb B is connected with the earliest Christians was timed to coincide with the Easter season, it is unsurprising that the attention to it is growing. And it seems appropriate to blog about the Talpiot tombs on a day which is all about Jesus’s body [Read More...]

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Into and Out of Tombs Round-Up

Blogging about the Talpiot tombs and the historical Jesus blends into other topics that come up in particular during the week before Easter. And so a range of those intersecting subjects appear in posts to which I link below. Mark Goodacre highlights some successes in getting corrections made to information on the Jesus Discovery web [Read More...]

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Nicholas of Myra Mythicism?

Jesus mythicism is akin to someone saying that because there is no Santa Claus, it makes the most sense to say that there wasn’t a historical bishop Nicholas of Myra. It seems as though some are afraid that if one concedes the existence of the historical figure, you are accommodating or leaving an open door [Read More...]

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Talpiot Tomb, Jesus Mythicism, and Related Round-Up

Mark Goodacre had a busier blogging day than we’ve seen from him in a long time, discussing both the evidence that ossuaries in Talpiot tomb B (the “patio tomb”) had been moved around, and seeming discrepancies between information from James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici on the one hand, and James Charlesworth on the other. Bob [Read More...]

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Mythicism and James the Brother of the Lord (A Reply to Richard Carrier)

Richard Carrier has a lengthy response to my response to his response to Bart Ehrman’s Huffington Post piece on mythicism and why it is viewed as bunk by historians and other scholars. Let me tackle one important topic first, one which I think is indeed the most crucial (which is why I have addressed it [Read More...]

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Wonka vs. Mythicists (plus the Historical Jesus, Unicorns and Atlantis)

Joel Watts – sorry, Willy Wonka – makes an apt comparison on Joel’s blog: Joel also links to my response to Carrier, and emphasizes in the process that, while matters such as whether Jesus was the Messiah are questions that depend on faith, the question of whether there was an ancient human being around whom [Read More...]

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Responding to Richard Carrier’s Response to Bart Ehrman

I linked previously to Bart Ehrman’s piece on whether Jesus existed in The Huffington Post. A response has been written by Richard Carrier (also discussed by Tom Verenna and Neil Godfrey), and I want here to point out some problems with that response. Let me begin by emphasizing that when scholars write op-ed pieces for [Read More...]

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Bart Ehrman on the Existence of a Historical Jesus

Preparing for the appearance of his new book, Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, which is now in stock on Amazon.com, Bart Ehrman has published an article on the topic in the Huffington Post. His conclusion is “Whether we like it or not, Jesus certainly existed.” To see how he gets [Read More...]

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Review of Earl Doherty’s Jesus: Neither God Nor Man chapter 10 part two

I’ve finally found some time to post my second blog entry about chapter 10 of Earl Doherty’s book Jesus: Neither God Nor Man – The Case for a Mythical Jesus. Here’s a link to my first post about this chapter. Ironically, even though I have written far more already on the first 1/6 of the [Read More...]

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Creationists, Mythicists, and the Schroedinger’s Scholar Fallacy

One feature that young-earth creationists, mythicists, and other proponents of pseudoscholarly ideas have in common in the way they treat the writings of actual experts in the field in question. On the one hand, they will mine the writings of experts for sound bites and quotes that seem to support their viewpoint, and will pepper [Read More...]

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